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Stephanopoulos Baffled When Carson Claims Energy Independence Could Have Led to bin Laden’s Capture

This Week host George Stephanopoulos interviewed Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Sunday morning. The two discussed many pertinent topics, but things grew fairly uncomfortable when Stephanopoulos began grilling Carson over comments he made at the previous Republican presidential debate about former President George W. Bush‘s decision to invade Afghanistan.

The host was especially curious about Carson’s professed insistence that, had the United States simply declared its intention to become petroleum independent in 5 to 10 years, moderate Arab governments would have turned over Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden within two weeks.

“How would you have gotten the moderate Arab governments to turn over Osama bin Laden in two weeks?” asked Stephanopoulos. “He’d already been expelled by Saudi Arabia. He was already an enemy of those moderate governments.”

Carson claimed said governments would have become uncomfortable with the subsequent financial situation such a declaration from the U.S. would have suggested, hence the rapid handing-over of bin Laden: “I think that probably would have trumped any loyalty that they had to — to people like Osama bin Laden.”

“But they didn’t have any loyalty to Osama bin Laden,” the host responded. “The Saudis kicked him out. He was their enemy.”

 

“You may not think that they had any loyalty to him, but I believe otherwise,” said Carson.

Check out the clip above, via ABC.

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